Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
The PSO ends its 2008 European tour in Zagreb, Croatia. Jim reports on newspaper reviews, orchestra's health and mood, this tour's impact, future touring plans. Audio of Robert Radtke, Nikolai Lugansky, Beethoven, and Brahms.
From Budapest, after rhythmic applause for the PSO's debut in Bartok Hall at the city's new Palace of the Arts. Audio of Richard and Virginia Simmons, Larry Tamburri, Michael Langley.
On the bus to Zagreb, Jim reports on the Budpest concert with pianist Nikolai Lugansky. Audio of Brahms, Beethoven, Marek Janowski, Paul Silver, Gyorgy Lendval, rhythmic applause.
Jim describes the cultural scene in Hanover, Germany where Leonidas Kavakos and the PSO gave their final concert together on this tour. PSO health update. Anticipation for Vienna. Audio of Brahms, violin encore.
From PSO Music Director Designate Manfred Honeck's house in Vienna, Jim reports on a day of OnQ production and some private celebrations.
From Budapest, a report on the performance at Vienna's Konzerthaus. Audio of Brahms, Manfred Honeck, Larry Tamburri, Andres Cardenes, and his former pupil Jan Fiser.
After the Wuppertal concert, Jim describes the beautifully-restored hall in Janowski's home region, violinist Julia Fischer's stage presence, and more Cologne Carnival atmosphere. Audio of Brahms 4th, Leonidas Kavakos, and Andrew Reamer.
Fresh on arrival in Hanover, Jim recaps the concert in Wupperta, with a spectacular encore by violinist Julia Fischer, rhythmic applause, and a PSO friend visiting from Dortmund. Audio of Florian Wiegand, Brahms, Wuppertal's mayor, and Fischer's Hindemith.
Cologne goes wild before Lent, where Jim reports on the PSO conducted by Janowski. Audio of violinist Leonidas Kavakos, who plays Brahms and Bach, reveler Ute Becker, and percussionist Andrew Reamer.
Carnival atmosphere in Cologne. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos impresses PSO and audience. PSO's new Brahms CD is released in Europe. Audio of Brahms, Kavakos.